Mark Cavendish’s potential new team missing from provisional list of UCI ProTeam candidates

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The UCI has released a full list of the teams that have applied for the men’s and women’s WorldTour spots, as well as the teams that have so far secured the top ProTeam licenses in 2023.

A total of 51 teams have so far applied for licenses with the sport’s governing body. The UCI has confirmed that 13 women’s teams have applied to maintain their WorldTour status, with three additional continental teams looking to step up.

At the same time, 21 men’s teams have applied for three-year WorldTour licenses, while 14 teams have applied for men’s ProTour status.

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Absent from the ProTour list are Human Powered Health, Androni Drone Hopper and B&B Hotels. This last French team has been closely linked to Marc Cavendish for next season, with the British sprinter out of contract with QuickStep.

Reports circulated earlier this week that Cavendish had signed a one-year contract with the France squad, with the option of a second. The team quickly denied the reports, saying BikeNews“We will not comment on what came out today in West France, except to deny all this information. We’ll reveal all the details about the team’s future on October 26.

The team told BikeNews that they had provided the documents required for the UCI bank guarantee.

Being omitted from the initial list of teams provided by the UCI may be due to a number of factors, including a lack of administrative documents which were not provided. Although the team missed the original UCI deadline of October 17, there is still plenty of time for the B&B management team to complete the UCI process.

It is understood that the team is undergoing a major overhaul with team boss Jerome Pineau reportedly raising funds from the City of Paris in order to boost the team’s budget. The arrival of Mark Cavendish would be a major blow for the French team, while the veteran sprinter would be assured of a place in the Tour de France and the chance to break Eddy Merckx’s record for the number of race wins. stages of the Tour de France. Both men are currently tied with 34 wins each.

On Wednesday evening, the B&B team took to social media to explain why their application had not yet been properly submitted.

“The B&B Hotels – KTM team takes note of this absence from the provisional list of candidate teams for the UCI ProTeam category for next season, published today by the UCI. This delay is due to the change in legal structure inherent in the evolution of the law for the years to come,” the team wrote on Twitter.

“Aware of the forthcoming deadlines set by the UCI for its registration in the ProTeam category, the team is doing everything possible to provide the missing documents as soon as possible.

The list of UCI’s 51 teams also included details of the process and schedule.

“For the sake of clarity, the UCI would like to remind you that any candidate team that has not submitted the essential documents by 17 October and does not appear on the lists below always has the possibility of regularizing its situation until the end of the registration procedure. “, we read in the official press release.

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Men’s teams applying for registration as a UCI ProTeam (having provided the essential documents):

• BINGOAL WB
• BOLTON EQUITIES BLACK SPOKES
• BURGOS – BiH
• CAJA RURAL-SEGUROSRGA
• EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM
• EQUIPO KERN PHARMA
• EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI
• GREEN-BARDIANICSF-FAIZANE’ PROJECT
• Q36.5 PRO CYCLING TEAM
• TEAM FLANDERS – BASEL
• CORRATEC TEAM
• NOVO NORDISK TEAM
• TOTALENERGIES
• TUDOR PRO CYCLING TEAM.

Doug Ryder’s Q36.5 pro cycling team is included in the list above. As reported by BikeNews over the past few months, Ryder has been building a new team after its NextHash team disappeared at the end of 2021.

The team has signed a number of riders including Mark Donovan, Damien Howson, Gianluca Brambilla and Matteo Moschetti. Jack Bauer has been linked to the team but BikeNews was unable to confirm if the veteran rider has signed for the team.

In August BikeNews revealed that Ivan Glasenberg, a successful South African billionaire, is financially supporting the project. A source said BikeNews that Ryder has both a title and a secondary sponsor lined up. Glasenberg retired as CEO of Glencore, one of the world’s largest mining and commodities trading companies in 2021, but has since moved to Switzerland, where his passion for cycling has blossomed. In 2021, Glasenberg also invested in Q36.5.

Vincenzo Nibali is expected to join the board.